How does Botox treat hyperhidrosis?

I'm a bit confused on this one. Isn't Botox used for wrinkles on the face? How can it limit sweating? Is it effective?


F, 38, New York

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A friend suggested that I try Botox under my armpits, which I thought was weird at first, because I had always thought that Botox was used on the face. I was excited to be trying something that would finally get rid of my excessive sweating, and help me to not have to spend so much money on deodorant anymore. It took a while for the Botox treatment to start working. It originally seemed to make me sweat more, a day or two after my injection. Then I noticed a little less sweating as each day passed. I am not totally sweat free, but I do notice less sweating than I had before Botox.

I had Botox injected into my sweaty armpits, and I have not regretted it since. The Botox has effectively cut the smell and the excessive sweating from forming in my underarms and ruining my work shirt or intimate time with my hubby. The Botox eliminates my underarm sweat by “freezing” my sweat glands. When Botox is used for facial work, it stiffens the muscles thus causing the jutting cheekbones that resemble the ones you would find upon the face of a super model. The same concept is applied as a hyperhidrosis treatment – the Botox causes them to lock up and not secrete sweat. It has worked so well for me that I don’t even buy back up deodorant anymore. I can go dancing with my man and not worry about repelling him with my smell when I really get going on the dance floor.

I use Botox injections to treat severe underarm sweating and the sweating in the palms of my hands. Botox injections are not only used to treat wrinkles and lines. Botox includes a protein that can temporarily block the body's ability to turn on sweat glands. The injections are shallow, and the substance remains just below the surface. Botox can be used to treat excess sweating in the hands, face, underarms and small areas of the body. You will see very slight bruising at the injection site which subsides after a couple days.

I experienced results within 2 to 4 days, and the total effects were experienced within two weeks. I have maintenance injections every six months, but the dryness can last anywhere from 4 to 14 months. My quality of life has been dramatically improved since having Botox injections to treat excessive sweating. You should seek medical advice from a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ask them about treatments, including Botox and miraDry. miraDry may be an option that your doctor would recommend because it's results are permanent.

Excessive underarm sweating is a condition that I've had to deal with for years. I hated the odor and moisture associated with the condition. So, when my doctor suggested Botox to treat my conditions, I was thrilled that there was a solution but was also confused because I thought Botox was for wrinkles.

My doctor told me that Botox injections would be able to stop my sweating. I had several injections placed in my armpits (very little pain). The more units that get injected, the longer the effects last. The Botox would stop the chemicals that cause my sweat glands to become active. I was very happy with the results. However, the results are temporary, you have to return for repeat injections. I have one treatment session a year and that is enough to stop my severe sweating. The cost of my session is about $1500, but the money is well worth it.

Yes, the botulinum toxin is something that is often used for beauty treatments for one’s face. I have some in my face, for that very reason, as a matter of fact. Botox can actually be used for many different purposes other than beauty. Botox contains an element within it that is really good at freezing human muscle tissue. The same thing that causes fierce, high cheekbones to be permanently frozen upon my face for a year, can also be used to cut down underarm sweating. It’s usually injected straight into the armpits where it stiffens the surrounding sweat glands. This prevents them from being able to secrete sweat. I have considered getting a few shots of it in my armpits so that I don’t have to buy deodorant anymore, but I don’t know how I feel about taking shots to such a tender part of my anatomy.